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Karl Benjamin

Benjamin was greatly admired for his serious and dedicated approach to painting, his investment in those he chose to mentor and for being a truly kind soul.

Powerful essays from half a century of writing.

Seth Rosen

Seth Rosen didn’t allow himself the luxury of refusing to negotiate—his life was consumed by negotiating in increasingly trying times for people paid by the hour.

The Nation’s longest-running columnist was a witty, brilliant, coruscating presence in our pages for almost thirty years.

Alexander Cockburn

For what the ancients called avarice and iniquity, Alex’s hate was pure. No writer had a deadlier sting against the corruptions of empire.

Nation writers and friends remember the great radical journalist.

A tribute to “the most famous artist in the world, living or dead.”

A real 'Mad Man' who dreamed up and helped found the Leadership Network, a mini-advertising consortium that enabled mega-corporations to advertise in small-circulation journals of opinion.

When I asked Len if he was finding a spiritual meaning, he said he was reading War and Peace, adding “it’s all there.”

His experience as a student activist at Hamilton College cemented his desire to pursue a career in public interest law.

Blogs

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

As he once wrote of history itself, Jonathan was “no respecter of conventional wisdom.”

March 29, 2014

Benn represented not just Labour’s conscience, but its soul—a living link to the radical England of the Levellers, the Chartists, the Suffragists and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

March 14, 2014

The British parliamentarian, who has died at age 88, was one of history’s great champions of giving power to the people.

March 14, 2014

Author Joe McGinniss has lost his fight with prostate cancer. 

March 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014